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ENGS CF: C. Weinewuth & J. Freund

When Craig Weinewuth and Jim Freund facilitated Engs Commercial Finance’s March 2012 acquisition, the transportation finance and leasing company exclusively served the West Coast market. Over the last two years, the business partners expanded the company’s vendor activity nationwide and consequently reported an almost five-fold increase in new business activity from 2011 to 2013. They explain how casting a wider net has helped the 62-year-old company flourish to become one of the top leasing and finance companies in the U.S.... read more

ABS Marketplace Changes, Trends

LEAF Commercial Capital’s Miles Herman notes the equipment industry is currently enjoying a period of steady funding, but says changes in the securitization marketplace and regulatory reform have altered the landscape and forced issuers to adopt key practices that will ensure access to the ABS market in today’s environment.... read more

Eighth Circuit: Preferential Transfer Dispute

Regular Monitor contributor Lesley Anne Hawes offers insight into Bankruptcy Code preference provisions. Using underpinnings of the Eighth Circuit’s recent decision in the case In re LGI Energy Solutions, Inc., she details the exceptions and defenses to preference recovery, noting that the analysis and rationale of the statute must be applied in a manner consistent with the policies and purposes it was intended to promote.... read more

FASB Listened to Feedback

Regular Monitor contributor Bill Bosco says that while the IASB/FASB Lease Project is still a work in progress, the FASB has taken into account the feedback from comment letters, as well as the ELFA’s IASB/FASB Lease Project Working Group’s efforts to help preserve current sale leaseback accounting. However, he cautions that there is still work to be done.... read more

SMBC Leasing & Finance: David Ward

David A. Ward joined SMBC Leasing and Finance, Inc. Group in 1991 and has spent the last two decades building the business into an international enterprise with an established presence in the U.S. and the UK, as well as expansion plans extending to Australia. Ward says he’s mindful of global challenges as he works to bring a broader array of bank products to his customers.... read more

People’s C&L: Michael Urquhart

Michael Urquhart has served at People’s Capital and Leasing since its inception in 1997. This year, he became the president and CEO, following the retirement of Vincent Cianciolo. With 17 years of experience at the company adding to his diverse background, Urquhart sets his sights on strong leadership in a growing market in 2014.... read more

U.S. Bank EF: Anthony Cracchiolo

Since being named the president/CEO of U.S. Bank Equipment Finance in April 2014, Cracchiolo has set his sights on underserved asset classes and a dominant place in the marketplace. In coming months, he plans to use economic growth to bolster company momentum in the industry.... read more

Dexter Sounds Off, Andy Rooney Style

Monitor mystery writer Dexter Van Dango takes us through a series of rants and other reminders of how many of the folks in our industry to seem lose sight of the proverbial forest for the trees regarding our conduct with our customers and, surprisingly, even with each other.... read more

Increased Scrutiny on Residual Reviews

Expanded regulation and concern over past problems have increased the scrutiny auditors are applying to residual reviews, particularly for banks. Shawn Halladay and Carl Chrappa of The Alta Group discuss the impacts additional scrutiny has, including amplified levels of detailed information and external appraisals that auditors are requiring. The authors say lessors can use this increased scrutiny to create opportunities to better manage portfolios and maximize the value of existing residuals.... read more

U.S. Energy Boom: Fueling Equipment Demand

CIT’s Vincent Belcastro provides his take on equipment finance opportunities that have been created as a result of America’s resurgence as an affordable and reliable energy producer. Belcastro notes that rising oil and gas production is only part of the story as the transmission and distribution of energy is another emerging opportunity that will fuel future investment demand.... read more

Rules for Lease Management System Selection

Given the expense, disruption and ruffled feathers that accompany the transition to a new lease management system, it's no surprise that organizations tend to delay a replacement project for as long as possible. ... read more

Preventing Equipment Fraud

Monitor contributor Andrew Alper discusses a recent equipment finance fraud, and how lenders and lessors can identify and protect against scams. Ultimately, he says it is important to do as much due diligence as possible before making a loan or entering into a lease in a concerted effort to prevent a fraudulent transaction.... read more

Creative Solutions to Building a Business

The author describes how equipment financiers can set up their leasing business from scratch, with top industry processes, technology standards and limited upfront investment. While he discusses several challenges financiers face, he notes the entrance of third-party providers that have enabled financiers to mitigate much of the risks associated with launching operations.... read more

ELFA/IMN Investor Conference

The 2014 ELFA/IMN Investor Conference provided clear evidence that industry leaders are optimistic about this year’s forecast for investment growth. The consensus of those in attendance was the equipment finance sector will not only be a major contributor to the expansion, but will continue to evolve in ways that will keep investors interested.... read more

What Do You Say When You Talk To Yourself?

Changing your thought process and definition of success can be simple, positive and fun – and inspire you to reboot your self-image. Linda P. Kester provides tips for conquering negativity and creating a new belief system.... read more

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